The end of college starts up the hunt of appropriate internship. This is the stage that will impact your overall career. While there are millions of others like you searching for the right internship, you need to set yourself different from others. Here are some of the key points that you should make a note of before applying for internship.
1. The early you start gaining experience, the better career opportunities-
Don’t wait until your junior or senior year in college to find a career-relevant internship. Here’s what you can do along the way in order to land that dream internship/job:
Start doing all of this as early as your freshman year. By starting early:
2. Check and recheck your resume and tailor your cover letter
To get noticed by an intern hiring manager, your resume must be pristine! Make sure:
Always write a cover letter in addition to submitting your resume. Tailor your cover letter with details on what makes you a good fit and why you chose this company for an internship.
3. Start hunting at least 5 months in advance
This means if you’re looking for a summer internship, start looking in January. Although some companies start hiring toward the beginning of the summer, many start earlier and will stop taking applications as early as February-March. No matter the season, starting early also allows you more time to find the perfect internship for your field.
4. Where can you find internships?
When looking for awesome internships, it’s important to think outside the box. Use some creativity during your search:
Also remember to apply to as many places as possible. If you count on one employer to give you an offer and that falls through, you’re stuck. It’s always best to have options.
5. Don’t run behind biggies- just get the experience
Don’t restrict yourself to internships or companies that are well known. If you’re open-minded about where you look for opportunities, great experience will follow. For example, interning with a small, local radio station might not be as glamorous as interning with a big network TV channel, but the hands-on experience you’ll gain will be invaluable. And having that experience on your resume, early in your college career, may lead to a bigger internship down the line.
6. You won’t always get your dream internship, but don’t let that stop you
If you miss out on an internship with your dream company, don’t let that stop you from re-applying in the future. Getting denied from a company you love should only encourage you to try even harder to land the gig next time. In your next round, evaluate why you were denied and work to improve your chances. That could mean taking on more leadership roles at school, diversifying your course experience, or networking with the right people.
When searching for internships, remember that it’s never too early to start thinking about your career, and that any experience helps.
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